Ecotech Institute’s Clean Jobs Index Shows the U.S. Had Nearly 750,000 Clean Job Openings in First Quarter of 2013

Ecotech Institute today released new data from its Clean Jobs Index, which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were 749,197 clean jobs posted across the United States between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2013. The Index breaks down clean jobs by state with links to local …

Why is Science Behind a Paywall?

Read the full post at Priceonomics. Scientists’ work follows a consistent pattern. They apply for grants, perform their research, and publish the results in a journal. The process is so routine it almost seems inevitable. But what if it’s not the best way to do science? Although the act of publishing seems to entail sharing …

Beauty Tips for the FDA

Read the full story from the Investigative Fund and the Washington Monthly. The European Union bans nearly 1,400 chemicals from personal care products because they are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction. But in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration entrusts safety regulation of cosmetics to a private entity that is housed and …

Quantifying the benefit of early climate change mitigation in avoiding biodiversity loss

R. Warren, J. VanDerWal, J. Price, J. A. Welbergen, I. Atkinson, J. Ramirez-Villegas, T. J. Osborn, A. Jarvis, L. P. Shoo, S. E. Williams & J. Lowe (2013). "Quantifying the benefit of early climate change mitigation in avoiding biodiversity loss." Nature Climate Change DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1887. Abstract: Climate change is expected to have significant influences on …

Federal Agencies Seek Input to Update Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

The federal agencies and departments of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force today announced opportunities for the public to provide input to a planned update of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan. The updated Action Plan would direct Great Lakes restoration for fiscal years 2015-2019. The public may comment directly to the federal agencies …

Illinois’ renewable energy fund lacks power to fulfill purpose

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune. Five years ago, Illinois passed legislation requiring electric suppliers to buy more renewable energy such as wind and solar power and then pass those costs on to customers. The intent of the mandate was to have so-called green electricity accounting for a quarter of the power flowing …

Who’s leading the corporate sustainability Twitterati?

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Sure, you’ve got a Twitter account. But what are you doing with it? Oh, and is anyone out there actually listening? Those are nontrivial questions in our social-media-driven world. Everyone, it seems, is a brand ambassador. But who’s really effective? We recently went through the Twitter stats of sustainability …